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Listen to Panashe Chigumadzi’s Interview with The Cheeky Natives Podcast

Plenty of gems are dropped here.

Zimbabwean writer and author Panashe Chigumadzi recently sat down with the hosts of the literary podcast The Cheeky Natives to discuss her latest book These Bones Will Rise Again. The author and the hosts discussed a range of topics in relation to the book—the thinking behind the book, how it was commissioned, gender, race, Zimbabwe, Panashe learning her mother tongue Shona, and many other topics.

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Panashe Chigumadzi on the Power In Our Personal Histories and 'Reclaiming Southern Africanness'

We speak to the Zimbawean writer about the themes in her latest book 'These Bones Will Rise Again.'

Panashe Chigumadzi approaches through the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, clad in fitted athleisure wear. As soon as she spots the photographer, she insists we go and find a more camera-worthy outfit.

"Once a picture is on the internet, it's there forever," she says.

Chigumadzi is warm and admirably self-assured. Given her success, the Zimbabwean-born, South African-raised writer has every reason to be. The 27 year-old founder of Vanguard Magazine is well known both at home and abroad and was even featured on our 2016 list of 8 most influential black women South African Writers.

She has written for several publications including the Sunday Times, The Guardian and The New York Times and is the author of the novel Sweet Medicine. After finding a beautiful red and black cape, we sit down for the interview.

Chigumadzi's new book These Bones Will Rise Again was inspired by Alice Walker's essay In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens and focuses on the figure of Mbuya Nehanda, a spirit medium who fought in Zimbabwe's liberation movement the Chimurenga. The book was a way for Chigumadzi to explore the complexity of black women, her country's historical past as well as a means to connect and honour her late grandmother.

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